Commander Ray Lopez
Every year around this time, I try to take a minute to intentionally reach out to those I served with, and reminisce about our days in uniform. I love Veterans Day for many reasons, but most of all, it reminds us to gather together and lift each other up.
Some of you are already buried in snow! I hope everyone stays safe as winter takes over Michigan. But the snow also means our Mid-Winter Conference is coming up! I hope to see many of you there as we gather to celebrate the hard work of the middle-school and high school students put forward for our scholarship programs. The conference will be in Kalamazoo, and details are on our website!
Lastly, I would be remiss if I didn't wish my fellow Devil Dogs a Happy Birthday November 10! Again, membership, thank you for all you do. You make a difference in so many lives around Michigan, within and outside the VFW organization. Thank you for continuing to serve.
Our programs support our service members while they are on the front line, as they are being discharged and long after they return. Your tax-deductible donation will be immediately directed to the VFW programs where your support is most urgently needed.
The VFW was conceived in war, nurtured by time, and birthed by compassion.
I feel incredibly indebted to the VFW, it helped me find purpose again.
Your VFW can be whatever you want it to be, it is a direct reflection of its leadership and membership. Any VFW will welcome any veteran who wants to make a difference.